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Old 11-20-2005, 08:03 PM   #1
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Need assistance with installing application

Hello. I have combed through the local forums as well as the other sites, but no one really asked of my question exactly, which is...

I wish to install a screensaver. I downloaded, unzipped, and extracted the file. I did not see a ./config. I read that if running ./config was unsuccessful, then using the command 'make' is moot. Still, I ran it anyway, which returned, 'make: *** No rule to make target `/usr/local/qt/mkspecs/default/qmake.conf', needed by `Makefile'. Stop.'

Now I am headlong into this chasm...

I wish I possessed a detailed reference for Linux--I am using Kubuntu 5.10, byt the way--so I would not have to search all over the web for what I need to learn, piece by aching piece.

Old 11-20-2005, 08:48 PM   #2
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When you look inside the directory that was created when you uncompressed the archive, you should see a file called "configure" If you want to use configure, which you need to do, you:


If you want to know the instructions for that configure file:

./configure --help

If the script completes, somewhere near the end, in the terminal window, it will say:

creating Makefile

If it doesn't say it created a Makefile, make will not work. There is no:



Normally, you type:

root pw
make install

and the program is installed.

you are going to have enough problems trying to figure out linux. I do not recommend installing things you don't need for some purpose.

Does Kubuntu use .deb files?

If so, use:

Alien -d <directory of package>

To make a .deb file.
Old 11-20-2005, 10:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for taking the time to reply.

I looked in the directory of the extracted files, and there is no config file. I ran ./config, but was told there is no such file.

I wanted to attempt software installation, which I why I tried this screensaver.

Old 11-20-2005, 10:34 PM   #4
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The file is configure, not config -- there is a difference! Also, there's no standardized way to build software from source in Linux. The GNU autoconf/automake system (which uses the configure script) is but one way of doing things. There should be a README or INSTALL file in the directory that explains how to install it. You should read it. You may need to install extra development libraries and tools to make it work.

Good luck!
Old 11-20-2005, 10:59 PM   #5
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The file is configure, not config -- there is a difference!

Thank you for taking the time to reply. Here are all the files in the that were extracted:

asteroids COPYING main.cpp mainwindow.h planets qstars.desktop ships
ChangeLog galaxies mainwindow.cpp Makefile qstars qstars.png README vroot.h

Am I missing something? I do not see a configure file.

You may need to install extra development libraries and tools to make it work.
How do I know what libraries and tools to install?

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Old 11-21-2005, 05:28 AM   #6
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The README file should give you full instructions. From the look of it, then running make straight off should probably work (the Makefile is already there). The error you got when you tried that looks like its to do with missing libraries. I think going by that message, you'll need the Qt development libraries, which are probably found in the package 'libqt3-mt-dev' (or something with a similar name).
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It's called readme because it wants you to read it
Old 11-21-2005, 02:37 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help.

I ran sudo apt-cache search qmake, and got this,
qt3-dev-tools - Qt3 development tools
qt3-assistant - The Qt3 assistant application

So I definitely have qt. But it looks like my app is searching for qt in /usr/local/, while the above is in /usr/share/qt3.

Is there a way I can designate the path from /usr/local/qt/qmakespec/qmake.conf to /usr/share/qt3/qmakespec/qmake.conf?
Old 11-21-2005, 03:47 PM   #9
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Em if the congure script aint there it mite of been corrupt wen u unpacked it or dl'd it. i had that prob before with some apps. try re dl'n it. then look for the configure scrpit there and the bash configure
or i think it is just the sudo command in ubuntu?
and then make
make install

hope that mite spread some fresh light but you might of tried it alrady??


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